Few books in this -- or any other -- season are as completely delightful as Sister Mary Catherine O'Connor's poignant selection of stories and sketches in The Kinderbeast Prize. Readers will be hard put to decide which story to go back and re-read first, since each one recaptures nostalgic memories of a slow-paced, by-gone day when ""children were not urged to fraternize with authority"". Nuns, priest, parents and grandparents are all here, but it is the children -- the wonderfully normal neither too good nor too bad children -- who provide the most memorable moments. The character delineation of Lily Henratty, Rosemary Mcvern, George, , Ella Nagle and Clare Willis is unforgettable, and is developed with remarkable clarity and insight. Sister Mary Catherine is Chairman of the English Department of the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent, New Jersey. Her stories have appeared in many publications including the New Yorker, and both The Kinderbeast Press, the title story of this book, and The Nut Brown Angel were listed among the best short stories of the years in which they were published. The publication of this book should win her a host of new friends and admirers -- all anxious for more stories from her gifted .